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The Poverty and Inequality Commission has written to the UK Government Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, about the Aspen debit card provided to people seeking asylum. An apparently mishandled transfer between providers of the card has left people seeking asylum with no means to feed or provide for themselves or their families, for a prolonged period.
Download Letter to the Home Secretary from the Poverty and Inequality Commission (pdf, 181kb)
Experience of poverty cannot be disentangled from other inequalities that shape society in Scotland. In this report, which provides recommendations for the Poverty and Inequality Commission, Rachel Statham Senior Fellow at IPPR Scotland has reviewed existing research and policy in Scotland as it relates to intersectionality and inequalities. The report includes the testimony of people in Scotland who have direct experience of intersecting inequalities in Scotland.
Download: Intersectionality: Revealing the realities of poverty and inequality in Scotland (pdf, 681 KB)
Rapid review of the academic literature on co-production involving experts with experience of poverty
For the Commission, the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) of Glasgow Caledonian University have produced a rapid evidence review of the academic literature. It reports on how people with lived experience of poverty are involved in policy and service development and delivery. The evidence from this and other sources informed the creation of the Commission’s guidance on involving experts by experience.
TACKLING FOOD INSECURITY IN SCHOOLS: CASE STUDIES OF STRENGTHENING FREE SCHOOL MEAL PROVISION IN SCOTLAND
The Poverty and Inequality Commission commissioned the Scottish Poverty Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) to undertake research to further understand the role of free school meals as an anti-poverty action in Scotland and to identify and share good practice and learning around providing free school meals.
The findings of the report are published here.
Download: SPIRU Report Free School Meals
The Poverty and Inequality Commission was asked by Scottish Government to form the Addressing Low Income Policy Circle to develop proposals and recommendations to tackle and reduce poverty in Scotland for consideration by the Social Renewal Advisory Board and following this by Scottish Ministers. The Addressing Low Income Policy Circle submitted a report to the Social Renewal Advisory Board. Read the report here.
The Social Renewal Advisory Board report can be found here.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Strategic Plan which sets out the vision and priorities that will guide the Commission’s work up until 2023. The five priorities in the Strategic Plan describe what the Commission will focus on in advising, supporting and challenging partners to embed our shared commitment to addressing poverty and inequality and translate it into action.
Download: Strategic Plan
Poverty and Inequality Plan 2020-2023 Easy Read version (PDF)
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Biodiversity report for 2019-20. Under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, all public bodies in Scotland are under a statutory duty to further the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their responsibilities. Public bodies are required to report every three years on the actions which they have taken to meet this biodiversity duty.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission commissioned Poverty Alliance to co-produce guidance for how experts by experience should be involved in shaping and informing the Commission’s work. This guidance outlines how experts by experience want to be involved in decision making, highlights the importance of creating genuine channels of influence and also provides practical steps on how to achieve this.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s working group on responses to COVID-19 have published a briefing paper on the use of the Scottish Welfare Fund during COVID-19.
Download: Scottish Welfare Fund briefing
This report sets out the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s scrutiny of progress towards the child poverty targets during 2019-2020. It was prepared in order to inform the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan progress report. It sets out the Commission’s views on:
- the progress made during the reporting year towards meeting the child poverty targets
- whether it appears to the Commission that such progress is sufficient to meet the child poverty targets
- what further progress the Commission considers is required to meet the child poverty targets
The Scottish Government’s progress report can be found here